Art/Theater

Art/Theater
3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Local actors celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday

Lisa Ludwig with SDP (L), Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (M) & Saul Elkin with SDP (R).
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Cast and crew members of Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrated the writer’s 450th birthday Wednesday. The group read excerpts of the William Shakespeare’s sonnets, monolouges and plays all day in honor of his legacy.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Theater Talk: L.A. theater and two local shows

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio.  Tony traveled to Los Angeles this past week where he saw two shows -- Noel Coward's "A Song at Twilight" and actress Annette Bening in "Ruth Draper's Monologues." 

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Theater Talk: A humorous look at a national tragedy

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and reviews "Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire."

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Art/Theater
10:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Neglia stages tragic romance Romeo & Juliet at Shea’s

Sergio Neglia & Silvina Vaccarelli rehearse a Pas de Deux for Romeo & Juliet at Neglia's Elmwood Avenue studio in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of Shakespeare’s most tragic romances will be staged tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Neglia Ballet Artists performs its production of Romeo and Juliet. WBFO’S senior reporter Eileen Buckley visited a rehearsal where Sergio Neglia practiced with his partner - a ballerina from Argentina.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Trojan Women' and more

The Trojan Women by Buffalo Public Theatre

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio with a review of "The Trojan Women," now playing through April 19 at Theaterloft. It's a presentation of Buffalo Public Theatre in association with Ujima Company.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Reviews of NYC shows, plus Shea's "Once" and TOY's "Robin Hood"

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio about Tony's recent trip to New York City, where he caught "Rocky, the Musical" and "Aladdin, the Musical."  Plus, Tony reviews "Once" at Shea's, which he describes as "beautifully staged." And he highly recommends TOY Company's production of "Robin Hood."

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Theater Talk: "Once" at Shea's, plus "Stones in His Pockets" and more

WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and theater critic Anthony Chase are still enjoying the St. Patrick Day's holiday by noting the Irish theme of several local shows. Tony previews "Once," opening Tuesday at the Shea's Performing Arts Center. Plus, he has reviews of "Stones in His Pocket" at the Irish Classical Theatre, "Good People" at the Kavinoky and "An Iliad" at Road Less Traveled.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Theater Talk: Mr. Chase goes to Washington

Theater critic Anthony Chase is joined by Gabe DiMaio on Theater Talk, as Tony shares his experience of viewing a play in Washington, DC starring actress Kathleen Turner.  He also reviews "Porgy and Bess" at the Shea's Performing Arts Center. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

'Fisherman' from Catfish Row on The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gerswhins' Porgy and Bess continues on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center Friday evening. A Western New Yorker is debuting in the first national tour of the show. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with that cast member.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Theater Talk: Mae West, Porgy and Bess and Good People

Gabe DiMaio joins critic Anthony Chase as the new co-host of WBFO's Theater Talk.  This week, Tony talks about his presentation this afternoon at Buffalo State where he'll explore the career of film icon Mae West.  Then, they'll touch on Porgy and Bess at Shea's and "Good People" at the Kavinoky Theater.

Art/Theater
9:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase checks shows in NYC

Friday means it's time to check out what's on stage. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Theater Talk host Anthony Chase discuss local performances and Chase's recent visit to New York City.

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Art/Theater
4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase conducts preview on Shaw Festival for WNED program

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase.

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase will appear Friday night on WNED Television at 9:30 for a special program that offers a sneak peak at the 2014 Shaw Festival Season.  Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discuss the program.  Chase also gives us a rundown of some of the local theater shows now on stage.


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Art/Theater
9:27 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Theater Talk: The Mountaintop, Cyrano and Dai

Dai on stage at Jewish Repertory Theatre/
Credit Photo from Jewish Repertory Theatre

This week on Theater Talk, co-host Anthony Chase takes us to a Nancy Drew mystery at the Theatre Of Youth. He also tells us about the mystery surrounding The Mountaintop, a docudrama by Subversive Theater. And Chase also has a scoop about Broadway star and Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.


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Art/Theater
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Lady With All The Answers'

This week on Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss what's opening and what's already on stage. O'Connell and Company's The Lady With All The Answers" continues. Actress Mary Kate O'Connell portrays Ann Landers.

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Art/Theater
6:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Theater Talk: Plays with a mystery theme

Theatre of Youth's Nancy Drew.
Credit Photo from Theatre of Youth Website

Mystery is the theme of the latest round of new shows opening at area theaters. 

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase joins WBFO'S Eileen Buckley to run down local theater.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Theater Talk: Very Fine Use of a Grenade

Very Fine Use of a Grenade at Road Less Traveled Productions.
Credit Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Opening Friday night, January 24, 2014  Road Less Traveled Productions presents -- Very Fine Use of a Grenade.  Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss the production. Chase provides insight and back stories on the original version.  

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Art/Theater
9:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

BPO & Cirque Musica featuring the Wallendas

Lyric Wallenda with Cirque Musica.

A most unusual Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert will be staged this Saturday, for one show only, at Kleinhans Music Hall. The BPO is teaming up with Cirque Musica. Among the cast performing are two members of the famed Wallenda family. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Lyric Wallenda, the cousin of daredevil Nik Wallenda, about the circus artisans performing with live BPO music below.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Theater Talk: A 'Wicked' time at Shea's

Catch great theater action.
Credit WBFO News photo

The audience is having a 'Wicked' time at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.  The musical Wicked is on stage now until January 26. WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley chat about the elaborate production. Chase also takes us to the Kavinoky Theater in Buffalo for Proof  in this week's edition of Theater Talk.

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Art/Theater
8:20 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Film Commission promotes Buffalo-Niagara at Sundance

Credit sundance.org

The head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission is in Park City, Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Producers from around the world have gathered for the 11-day event, which opens Thursday.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Theater Talk: Halfway through the local theater season

Buffalo's theater season is at the halfway mark now that we're into the New Year. This week, Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley rundown the highlights so far, with much more to come.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Theater Talk: New shows coming to Buffalo in 2014

As WBFO's Theater Talk begins another New Year, host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley tell us about new shows opening in Buffalo next week.  That includes Wicked at Shea's and Proof at The Kavinoky Theatre

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Art/Theater
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Theater Talk: Happy Holidays!

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase joins Eileen Buckley in a photo booth at the WBFO/WNED Holiday Egg nog party. Happy Holidays from Theater Talk.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Looking for a stocking stuffer? WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley talk about a possible theater ticket that is a must-buy.  Chase also explains how Chicago's theater scene runs parallels to Buffalo's theater district.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New theater group stages elaborate rendition of The Wizard of Oz

Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz on stage.
Credit Photo provided by Buffalo Public Theatre

A brand new theater group has been formed now that Buffalo Public Theatre is working in association with Ujima Theatre.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one of the co-creators of the group, Loraine O'Donnell, about an ambitious production of The Wizard of Oz, now on stage at Theatre Loft on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.


Art/Theater
10:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Theater Talk: Holiday round up!

Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz
Credit Photo fro Buffalo Public Theatre

This week on Theater Talk, host Anthony Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley offer a conversation about several holiday performances now on stage, including a review of the Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz.

Chase also weighs in with a quick critique of NBC's live performance of The Sound of Music. 

WBFO's Theater Talk.

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Art/Theater
9:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Broadway’s Ragusa on stage for BPO’s Holiday Pops

Michele Ragusa performing holiday music.
Credit Photo from Michele Ragusa Facebook page

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hits the stage Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. with a special breakfast Holiday Pops performance featuring Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.  The singer and Off-Broadway star visited our studio's to discuss the holiday show and her latest stage performances with WBFO'S Eileen Buckley.

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Market Arcade Film and Arts Center
9:03 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Brown not in favor of city funding for Market Arcade cinema

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is skeptical of a proposal that the city step in with funding to keep the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center open. 

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Art/Theater
8:30 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Theater Talk: Two new theater groups premiere

Cast of La Gringa with the RAÍCES Theatre Company.
Credit Photo from RAÍCES Theatre Company

Two new theater companies are opening in Buffalo. This week on Theater Talk, Anthony Chase discusses the companies and show openings.

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Art/Theater
9:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mannheim Steamroller spanning the generations

Mannheim Steamroller has managed to span the generations with its music for close to 40 years.  Sunday night, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will perform at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The show is part of Mannheim's holiday tours across the U.S.

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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed December 4, 2013

‘Tales of Winter’ ballet for the holiday

Dancers at Configuration take ballet lesson.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A local dance theater and school of ballet is preparing for a special holiday performance. Configuration School of Ballet will present Tales of Winter Sunday afternoon at the Flickinger Theater at Nichols School in Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the ballet will feature excerpts from The Grinch, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suites and other works.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Theater Talk: More on 'Clybourne Park' and 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Theater Talk's Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley have more on the Road Less Traveled production of Clybourne Park and Tom Dudzick's Miracle on South Division Street at the Kavinoky Theater.

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